Brading Town Man of the Match. (photo courtesy of Mavis Siddons )
IW Saturday League, Div 1.
ECS FC 1 v 3 BRADING TOWN.
( Danny Vale 1, James Woodhouse 1, OG 1 )
Team: Brose Woodnutt Knowles Burford Bennett Hitchcox Collins Lawson Ranson Oatley Vale.
Subs: Mulholland Woodhouse (used) Thomas (unused)
Referee: Mr. Stuart Gurney 70/100.
Brading Town Man of the Match: Aaron BURFORD.
Brading came away from East Cowes Sports FC, with a hard earned, but well deserved 3 points. With Elliott Day unavailable, Liam Bennett returned to the starting 11 and James Woodhouse returned to the squad, after missing the last 2 games.
The Romans dominated the first half, aided by a strong wind at their backs. They should, and could have won the game in that period. A mixture of good goalkeeping and poor finishing frustrated Brading as they pressed hard. Ranson went close on several occasions from distance and Lawson’s long range strike was pushed away by the home keeper.
ECS struggled to get in the game as Brading continued to press, Caymen Collins excellent run in the box resulted in him being fouled. In a week of shocking penalties!!!! VALE, expertly sent the keeper the wrong way. The Reds continued to press with Ranson, Hitchcox and Lawson dominating the midfield. It should have been two, 5 minutes before half time, Vale’s deflected strike fell to Collins, whose shot was sensationally saved by the keeper, who was going the wrong way but somehow adjusted in mid-air to turn the ball over. Half time 0-1.
The lead was a slender one and against the wind, the second half would prove difficult to protect. Five minutes into the second half the lead was gone, when ECS’s number 7 made a run from the half way line, skipping past 4 challenges, before going down under a challenge from Brose. The side and Brose himself, were amazed when the referee pointed to the spot, as they all felt he won the ball. The number 7 picked himself up and his penalty was equally as good as Vale’s 1-1.
The team responded well and kept going, the back 4 were superb, especially Burford, whose reading of the game is exceptional. Bennett was finding good solace down the right but the final ball was letting him down. Oatley’s work rate down the left was a feature, as was Ranson, who covered the whole park.
Mulholland replaced Collins with 20 mins to go, as he continued his return from injury and made several telling tackles. With 10 minutes to go the Romans regained the lead in bizarre fashion, Woodnutt’s excellent cross was headed past his own keeper by an unchallenged defender. With 5 mins to go, Hitchcox made way for Woodhouse, and it was WOODHOUSE who sealed the victory. After playing a one – two with Vale, he brilliantly chipped the keeper.
Brading never really reached the levels they did at Clanfield…… but this was a huge 3 points today. Always a tough place to play, I was delighted to come away with 3 points. Lots of good performances, particularly Ranson in the first half and Hitchcox and Lawson in general. Knowles turned in his usual solid and unfussy performance.
Man of the Match was Aaron Burford, who is excelling in his current role at the back. His reading of the game is superb and with his ability on the ball, he gives us more options. His desire today to get us back in front, was key to gaining the 3 points. We now look forward to our Hants Cup 1/4 final, knowing we have a tough game ahead, but if the lads can continue playing as they have been, who knows. UTR Lawts
BRADING TOWN RES P v P Vectis Nomads Res.
BRADING TOWN “A” 0 v 3 Cowes Sports “A”.
Team: Young Woodburn Bayliss Cooney Biedler Samuel Cant Lancey Seder McIntosh Phillips.
Subs: Butler Mackinney Rowe. ( all used )
Referee: Mr. Richard Batchelor 75/100.
Brading Town Man of the Match: George WOODBURN.